Not too long ago, ball was all for athlete and model Martin Reyes. In high school, the La Salle Greenhills standout was part of the NCAA’s Mythical Five. And after that, the 6’3” hunk played for the DLSU Green Archers up until graduating in 2013. Martin, now in his mid-20s, has since gone corporate. Yet, he hasn’t totally retired from the game. Last year, Martin played for ABS-CBN’s Kilos Kapamilya Basketball Tournament, where he led his team to its second victory. It was also through the company that his love for digital media began, especially now as one of the account managers at ABS-CBN's Digital Media Division.
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On a scale of 1-10, how much of a geek/nerd are you?
“Probably a 9? A lot of people know that I am a gamer. I really like staying at home and playing video games.”
What sparked your interest in the particular field you are in now?
“Well, when I graduated I wanted to try something new, and I wanted to be where everything is headed at. I think digital is where everything is going, especially in ABS-CBN. Before, we were just a broadcasting company. Now we have different platforms, including digital. Everything is fast-paced and changing really quick. At the same time, you have to be very ready for the changes. So, I like it.”
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Who’s your role model in the industry?
“My role models are my bosses Elaine Uy and Darrel Villanueva. I think they’ve achieved so much and they’ve contributed a lot to the company in such a short time span.”
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Career wise, how do you use your smarts to your advantage?
“Probably through talking to different people. I've learned to manage ‘cause not everyone has the same type of attitude. Basically, parang marunong ka dapat magtimpla kung paano mo sila kakausapin.”
What's your favorite book?
“Relentless by Tim Grover. It teaches you to keep on striving no matter what you’ve achieved, because you can make better your best in some way.”
How about favorite movie?
“Marvel movies—all of them.”
How about favorite music artist or genre?
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What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Most of the time, around midnight, I order food like pizza or burgers.”
In terms of catching a girl’s eye, do smart guys have the advantage over sporty guys?
“I think sporty guys or athletes are more expressive in showing themselves. But unless he’s both (smart and sporty) I don’t think they have an advantage ‘cause the smart guy would be able to get the girl’s attention more through conversation and actions.”
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Produced by Camille Santiago | Creative direction by Barry Viloria | Photographs by Vyn Radovan | Styling by Gelie Manansala | Grooming by Angelito Panganiban of MDA | Hair by Darwin Galit of Vivere Salon | Shot on location at: Chaos and Pangaea Ultra Gaming Lounge, City of Dreams, Pasay City | Special thanks to: Charisse Chuidian, Romina Gervacio, and Fran Arias of City of Dreams | Melanie Acedillo of MDA | Glaiza Agbayani of R2 Group of Companies | Banner image by Lui Jimenez